BLM begins search for Idaho state director

By Scott Streater | 06/12/2024 01:15 PM EDT

Both the California and Idaho offices currently have acting state directors.

Sign for the Bureau of Land Management.

The Bureau of Land Management is advertising for a permanent state director in Idaho. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Bureau of Land Management has formally begun the search for a permanent state director in Idaho, a post that opened after the agency finalized a major reorganization of its deputy director positions.

BLM posted an advertisement Wednesday for the Idaho state director on the website. The job post lists a top annual salary of $221,900 for the position and notes that the ideal candidate should be able to oversee “a broad and complex program of conservation, recreation, and commercial uses, on both the surface and the subsurface estate.”

The advertisement comes a little more than two months after the former Idaho director, Karen Kelleher, was reassigned as part of a national headquarters shake-up that split the former deputy director of operations into two positions.


As part of that move, Kelleher was named deputy director of state operations, a newly established position that manages the bureau’s 12 state office directors and is responsible for directing state operations across the West. She started that post March 25.